Peek, McFadden, Baldwin Recognized for High Achievement

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Cooking with EFNEP publicationHeather Peek, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Assistant (EFNEP), N.C. Cooperative Extension, Rhonda McFadden, Director of Family Network, and Alison Baldwin, Circle of Parents, were awarded the Team Award at the 2017 Nutrition Assistants’ Multi-State Conference in West Virginia on May 10. The Team Award celebrates teams, which exhibit a cooperative spirit, using innovative ideas and approaches to meet the needs of limited resource families in their community.

Peek, McFadden, and Baldwin won the award as a result of their exemplary achievements in providing nutrition education to limited resource families in McDowell County. Heather Peek, Rhonda McFadden, and Alison Baldwin had worked together previously but felt by teaming up they could make an even bigger impact on the families of McDowell County. As a team, they developed a summer program that engaged both parents and children during the EFNEP lessons. Rhonda and Alison marketed the program and recruited participants, while Heather taught the series of hands-on lessons. While participating in the program, parents were able to cook nutritious-easy meals with their children and were taught helpful hints to save money at the grocery store. Together through this program, they were able to reach over 30 families in McDowell County.

Heather Peek was also awarded the New Extension EFNEP Program Assistant Award during the conference for demonstrating the ability to meet and exceed the goals of the program within the first three years of her career.

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, administered by North Carolina Cooperative Extension, provides nutrition education for limited resource families in McDowell County to help them make better choices when planning and preparing meals.

Rhonda McFadden,  Heather Peek and Alison Baldwin displaying their Team Awards